Living in the so-called golden age of television has its consequences. Because of all the great TV out there, networks are under immense pressure to produce high-quality television that breaks out of the pack and appeals to the masses and advertisers — something that is easier said than done.
And while everyone wants to stand out, what emerges from this year's so-called TV upfront presentations, which wrapped last week, is looking more like a pack mentality. Consider there will be three shows on time travel debuting in the upcoming season.
One media buyer pointed out that the unofficial rule for new shows is that a concept has been successful for at least two seasons. What results is most "revolutionary" new shows are based on source materials that we've literally seen before. Or, if it's truly an "original" idea, multiple networks will also have the same concept at the same time.